Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Things I Want to/Have Quit

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit (aka ten book series I think I’m going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I’m quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc. Get as creative as you want)

Instead of focusing on ONE particular topic and list ten things under that, I’m just going to give you ten bookish things I want to/have quit.

  • I want to quit stressing about reading. I don’t do this all the time, but every once in a while I feel like I HAVE to read, and I don’t like that feeling. I read because I need to, because I enjoy it, not because it’s a chore. I hate when I feel like that.
  • I have quit focusing on how many books I read per month/year. I still challenge myself on Goodreads (and I’ve already surpassed by goal) but not because I feel I need to read that many books. I just do it for fun. If I read 5 books last month and 15 this month, it doesn’t matter. It helps cut down on the stress.
  • I want to quit comparing myself to other bloggers. I know bloggers talk about this a lot – her post has more comments than mine, he has more followers than me, blah blah blah. It’s silly and makes no sense to do this; we have different blogs, focuses, etc. but we still do it. I don’t like doing it, but I do. I want to stop.
  • I have recently quit reading Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. I wanted to like it so much more than I did, but I just couldn’t force myself through it.
  • I want to quit reading about instalove. For real. I will admit, it is occasionally done well, but most of the time it gets on my nerves.
  • I want to quit reading books with absent families/parents. If it actually makes sense in the story, go for it, but if it’s the only way an author can think of to have the teen be left alone, it comes off as lazy and repetitive. Not all parents are absent, and I particularly love YA books with families/parents that are involved and supportive. That’s how my family is.
  • I have quit (a long time ago) caring about what people thought about what I read. I read a wide range of books (from YA to picture books, contemporary to high fantasy) and I couldn’t care less about what people think if they see me reading it. All that really matters is that I enjoy it, and if I don’t, I DNF.
  • I want to quit feeling guilty about DNF-ing books. I’ve gotten a lot better at this in the last year or so, but I still find it difficult to DNF a book, especially if it’s an ARC. It’s a problem, and I’m working on it.
  • I want to quit reading about heroines who are ridiculously self-conscious/have no self-esteem but are – gasp! – really beautiful. I don’t get why almost every female lead can’t actually have confidence in herself but must constantly judge herself (or other people). I know people, particularly teenage girls, question themselves a lot (trust me, I have no hair, I feel this daily) but to constantly read about girls who think they are too plain/ugly for the love interest to like her despite the fact that she’s gorgeous is getting old.
  • I DON’T want to quit doing Top Ten Tuesday posts. I always have fun with these and seeing everyone else’s lists!

What bookish things do you want to quit?

BookBlogWriMo: Favorite Book Tropes

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Today’s BookBlogWriMo theme is “Favorite Book Tropes.” This one is a little bit difficult for me, because I’m not a fan of Manic Pixie Dream Girls or really any other clichés in literature, but I’ll have a go.

  1. The tortured hero. I LOVE a tortured/complex/completely messed up main character/villain/secondary character. Give me a screwed up character over Mr./Ms. Perfect any day.
  2. I do really like the recent-ish trend of female leads, though I have begun to tire of every single book/series having a female protagonist.
  3. Epistolary novels. I don’t know if this is technically a trope or just a format for novels, but I love them. Letters, journal entries, texts, whatever. I love them.
  4. The quirky best friend. She’s a little weird, a little strange, funny, loyal, and just what the main character needs by her side.
  5. Plagues that kill practically everyone, but the main character has some special resistance. I don’t know why, but I love this trope. As long as the character is mopey about what’s happening to him/her and is a strong character who wants to fight for what’s right, I’m down.
  6. The Wise Old Sage Mentor with a twist – give me a wise old mentor who’s actually a small child or a supernatural/fantastical creature and I’ll be all over that.
  7. Protagonist is suddenly able to see magical creatures that have always been there but hidden. Okay, this one is hit or miss for me, but I think it’s an interesting concept that, when done right, is super awesome.

What are your favorite book tropes? I think I might have to do a post about my least favorite because I could list those all day.